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Progress in Cartography

Part of the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography pp 171-184

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Atlas of Switzerland Goes Online and 3D—Concept, Architecture and Visualization Methods

  • René SieberAffiliated withInstitute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich Email author 
  • , Marianna SerebryakovaAffiliated withInstitute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich
  • , Raimund SchnürerAffiliated withInstitute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich
  • , Lorenz HurniAffiliated withInstitute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich

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Abstract

Interactive atlas systems are products of high cartographic quality and user-targeted functionality. The main challenge for future digital atlases will be to incorporate the new trends of 3D mapping, online and mobile applications into atlas design. The Atlas of Switzerland, an example of a mature digital atlas, tries to advance these trends together with existing atlas functions in its next version. Starting with the concept of an online 3D atlas, this article explains the architectural implications of an atlas based on a virtual globe engine. By embedding the globe in a modern graphical user interface and implementing cartographic 3D visualizations, it is intended to strengthen the position of the atlas against other online mapping services.

Keywords

National atlas Web cartography 3D visualization